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Things I love in February: Lucky Dragons, zines, and miniature world(s)

Succulent Terrarium

This morning I was reading Kelly Zarb’s wonderful little illustrated zine about terrariums when I noticed that the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is doing a terrarium exhibit. And of course, entrance is free on winter weekdays!

I’m excited to start collecting tiny pebbles and glass jars, and build my own miniature forests.

Bear Terrarium
Terrarium photos by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

I picked up some pretty origami paper from the Kinokuniya Bookstore yesterday. I’m folding little birds to send out with a couple snail mail packages this week.

Matcha green tea latte at Cafe Zaiya

The never-ending selection of craft books at Kinokuniya!

Spicy chicken + kimchi ramen with a soft poached egg at Momofuku Noodle Bar

The talented Jannese of Craftylove brought me her lovely Tokyo guide zine as a housewarming gift! The photographs in it wonderfully capture small details from her walks. Have you seen her new photo book?

Taurin and I spent Valentines Day cooking, drinking wine, and exchanging many food-centric gifts. We made a big pot of perciatelli, a thick spaghetti-like pasta. Taurin got me the Momofuku Milk Bar recipe book! I’m so excited, I even ordered an ice cream machine.

On Thursday evening, we went to 285 Kent Ave to see Lucky Dragon’s album release show. It was one of the most captivating performances I’ve seen in awhile.


The new album comes with a beautifully-printed booklet, and Glaciers of Nice store is always filled with neat printed things.


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    February 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Hi Sewon! It’s good to hear that you’ve been busy! I think terrariums are so cute! And that one with the little bear made me squeal. You ordered an ice-cream machine? How fun!! Nothing beats homemade ice-cream on a hot summer day (or any day). I have a really good watermelon sherbet ice-cream recipe I want to try. I should probably buy one too. haha. Let me know how you like yours!
    p.s. I just ordered your photozine on etsy! I’m super excited, and I can’t wait to look through it!

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      February 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Hi Rina! I’m so excited about my ice cream machine. Watermelon sherbet sounds so good! Ah, thanks for ordering my zine! I’ll add some more goodies in it for you. 🙂

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    February 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    i LOVE terrariums! i think it would be so fun to try and make one. and damn, that ramen looks sooooo freakin’ yummy! my sis is moving to korea in august and i can’t wait to visit her and try lots of things like that.

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      February 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      I wonder where I can find tiny figurines to put in my terrarium~ Ohh there’s SO much good food in Korea. You should definitely visit her!

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    Veronica Fish
    February 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I want to go to Momofuku so bad! All the editors and artists at Marvel Comics eat there too, haha random tidbit

    Mmm matcha lattes are my new comfort food~

    Beautiful pictures as usual!

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      February 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      You should go, and definitelt get the pork buns! 🙂

      Ah, that matcha latte was in a HUGE mug. It took me ages to finish it. I’m not complaining! 🙂

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    February 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Hey Sewon,
    lovely posts! I’ve been sick the last couple of days, but luckily I had your blog to read! 🙂

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      February 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Aw, I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been sick. I hope you feel better soon!

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    February 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    what a great post. love everything from the terrariums, food, and music~ very cool style and vision. and awesome photos; there’s this lovely bright light and liveliness in each one. Hope you’ve been enjoying NYC so far! can’t wait to see more 🙂


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    February 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Sewon! Loved the photos! I never tasted green tea mocha ;_; As for the pictures, all the zines looks so nice! I really want to visit Japan and maybe Korea someday. But right now, i want to show people how beautiful is my own city!

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    February 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Terrariums are so precious! The Japan photobook is so cool too. I’m building an idea in my head to make a collage book about my time in Japan!

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    February 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Guh, all of the pictures in this post are BEAUTIFUL *_* The origami paper you chose looks particularly lovely!

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    Kelly Zarb
    February 20, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Sewon I’m glad you enjoyed the terrarium zine, i really want to make a few terrariums too I just need to find dome nice glass vessels first. The matcha latte looks so yummy!! What ice cream flavours will you make with your new ice cream maker?

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    February 20, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Oh terrariums are so beautiful, like a miniature world in a jar. I think they appeal to the same part of me that loves ships in bottles and bonsai.
    Creating one for my flat may have to be an up coming project…..

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    February 20, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Love your mini forest! Well done!

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    February 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    lovely pictures… the terrariums look amazing !

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    February 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks Sewon, it was awesome finally meeting you, and thank you for all the nice comments 🙂

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    February 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Oooh terrariums! Sooo adorable especially the delicateness of the glass jar around the mini-forests. I hope your own turn out well, must be quite exciting to try out! Serious food envy from the Korean food that you’ve been eating lately; the green tea latte looks very delicious also! Hope you had a lovely weekend a good week! xx

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    Bonjour Juliette
    February 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    …AND this is what i love about today: http://bonjourjuliette.com/articles/3209/cr%E2%99%A5ft-it-f%E2%98%BCrward/ ! Youpi! Thank you Sewon !

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      February 23, 2012 at 12:04 am

      Ah, this is such a lovely post! Thanks so much for the sweet words, Juliette! 🙂

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    February 21, 2012 at 8:51 am

    those terrariums looks super cute, just love them! thanks for sharing!

    have nice day!

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    February 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Looks like you’ve been up to a lot lately! I’ve never heard of terrariums before, they’re adorable. The origami paper is really cute, I’d just waste it though because I’m terrible with origami.

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    February 22, 2012 at 9:11 am

    How absolutely adorable are those little terrariums! Also, as per your usual, your food photos make me hungry hehe

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    February 26, 2012 at 2:15 am

    How cool! I’ve always wanted a botanical sphere =) The one in the picture looks perfect… but I think it’s difficult to make it look that perfect in reality.. 😉

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    March 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Oh I wish I could go and see that exhibition! Will you tell us about it?

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